Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
Not sure if you're still having trouble with a horse cutting you off, however, I used to work with a ****** who did this constantly.
It was mostly out of anxiety that he did it, as well as disrespect for who was handling him, however, we finally found a way to get him to walk at the pace the person was walking through a couple of ways.
It was a progression of snapping the lead rope when he tried barging ahead, to actively smacking him in the chest to backing him every time. What worked was taking the lead rope and smacking him in the chest, and forcing him to back up by moving out of our space when we walked into his. He got better little by little, however, what really worked was jogging in hand.
He's a TWH, so he loves to go-- trotting is his favorite thing. We would jog a few feet and then we would stop suddenly. But we weren't subtle about it, however. Our body language would scream that we were stopping to make it absolutely clear that's what we wanted. If he didn't stop, we would back him a few steps in a demanding fashion.
After a few of these, he got it really well and he leads like a doll. He did well enough that it wasn't an issue for other people leading him, either.